Michael Kerr

Michael Anthony Kerr holds an M.A. degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a B.A. degree in The Arts/Dance from the SUNY College at Buffalo. He is a NYS Certified K-12 Dance Teacher, employed by the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) since 1996, he is also on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory and an instructor at Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Since 2000, Mr. Kerr has developed the dance program at New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts; one of ten NYC public middle schools selected as an Exemplary Site for Arts Education. In 2004-2005, he served on the curriculum writing committee of the (NYCDOE) Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, Pre-K–12 and since as a professional development facilitator for middle school dance educators. During this time, he also served as Chair of UFT/NYC Dance Educators and as a cooperating teacher for Columbia University Teachers College and New York University (NYU) Steinhardt Music & Performing Arts Professions Program in Dance Education. His professional experience has also encompassed teaching in the private sector, performing and choreographing in the United States and Europe. He has conducted workshops, served as a panel speaker, teaching artist and guest lecturer for venues such as Dance Teacher Magazine Annual Teacher Conference, American Dance Guild, NYU, CW Post LIU, The Dalton School, Nimbus Dance Works, NJAHPERD, Accademia Dance Center (IT), Young Dancers in Repertory and NDEO. Throughout his teaching career he has performed for a variety of choreographers and dance companies including Maher Benham’s Coyotes Dancers, Deborah Damast & Dancers, Gemini Dance Theater, Floorplay Contemporary Dance Theater, Amy Kail, Dance Consort Mezzacappa-Gabrian and Deanna Losi while teaching in the Tuscany region of Italy for several years. Mr. Kerr is a member of NDEO/Dance NJ, The Field and in the process of forming his own company DanceKerr & Dancers.